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We’ve heard in the news, recently, that there’s been a crime spree in cities outside of the Antelope Valley. There have been smash-and-grabs, murders, assaults, car chases and myriad other incidents.

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WASHINGTON — One year ago, Joe Biden promised in his inaugural address to put his “whole soul” into “bringing America together.” Now the president who just compared Republicans to racists, segregationists and traitors is blaming the GOP for his utter failure to deliver on that promise.

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There are some notions so thunderously discredited by experience that they may never be revived. No serious person still believes that lead can be turned into gold, that astrologers can predict the future or that fans will turn out to watch baseball in Miami.

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Even before a proposed homeowner-inspired measure aiming to restore full zoning powers to local governments hit the streets looking to qualify for next fall’s ballot, the battle over who would control housing decisions in California began heating up.

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WASHINGTON — When Gen. David H. Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps, announced a radical new plan in 2019 to remake his service, many Marines figuratively rolled their eyes. For a combat force proud of its traditions, change can sometimes seem like the enemy.

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A Palmdale woman convicted of killing her 23-month-old son in 2014 has filed a petition, claiming that she’s eligible for re-sentencing under a recent change in state law that affects some murder cases.

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"We’re tired of paying more for everything” seems to be the consensus these days. From groceries to rent, to gasoline, everything seems to have increased in price — utilities are no exception.

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Long before the arrival of COVID-19, America was being ravaged by a deadly epidemic. Unlike the Coronavirus, though, the drug overdose plague didn’t elicit a massive response from public officials.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot deserves credit for standing up to the Chicago Teachers Union. But the fact that so many Chicago teachers were willing to abandon their students in the first place is disgraceful.

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What’s more important than responding to a call for back-up from a fellow police officer, while out on patrol? Apparently for two Los Angeles Police Department officers, it was chasing Pokémon Go characters.

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A modest 199,000 jobs were added in December and the nation’s unemployment rate fell to a healthy 3.9%. However, the low number of new jobs is evidence that employers are struggling to fill positions and many Americans are still reluctant to return to the workforce.

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Thursday was a day of remembrance at the Capitol in Washington — something that Republican leaders and lawmakers largely avoided, calling the day’s events “overly politicized.”

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NASCAR driver Brandon Brown’s hopes of driving a car sponsored by LGBcoin with a sponsorship based on the anti-President Joe Biden slogan, “Let’s go, Brandon,” have been dashed.

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‘Manning up” has meant different things to different generations. To the Greatest Generation, the term didn’t exist but men knew what it meant: Fighting for your country, supporting and protecting your family, and of course, not whining.

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A 19th-century Mexican president once summarized his country’s plight: “So far from God, so close to the United States.” Ukraine has the same problem, but with Russia. And its geographic proximity is particularly worrisome right now.

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The end of the week saw some heavy rain fall on Southern California. We knew the storm was coming, but were we in for a surprise.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, requested a call with President Joe Biden, which was scheduled for Thursday. The Russian president wanted to discuss a range of topics, including diplomatic engagements with Russia, according to a CNN report.

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The Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors is going to try for a third time to gain voter approval for a $400 million bond measure to finance a new hospital that would replace the Antelope Valley Hospital.

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This is the time of year for giving and residents in the Antelope Valley have done just that, this season, despite many challenges created by the pandemic.

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The Christmas spirit, though present in some, seems to have skipped others this year. It’s not surprising. It’s been a tough year for many people, for various reasons and decorating, sending Christmas cards and being generally jolly just didn’t seem to be appealing for some folks.